Hyundai Motor Company has taken the wraps off its new electric model, dubbed the IONIQ 5. It is a mid-sized cross over that gives a lot for its price range. Apart from a bold and refreshed design, the car offers some useful tech and perks.
The new model is based on Hyundai’s E-GMP architecture, developed for electric vehicles. The company claims the design of the car is an homage to its first production car, the Hyundai Pony. The front of the car has a clamshell hood with a line of daytime running lights. The door handles are flush, giving a clean and sophisticated feel aesthetically. There is a total of nine colors to choose from.
The battery comes in two different configurations: Standard Range 58 kWh and Long Range 72.6 kWh. The latter will keep you driving for about 300 miles before having to plug in. For the former, you can expect a 240 miles range. And when you finally have to replenish the battery, you will enjoy the fast charging that the IONIQ is capable off. Using a CCS 250 kW charger, you can get up to 80% in less than 20 minutes. In more realistic metrics, a 5 minute charge can keep you on the road for 100 km. The solar panel embedded, as an option, can add 5 km to your daily rides.
The car is powered by a single (rear only) or double electric motor (rear and front) system. It can produce speeds of up to 185 km/h by delivering an output of 225 kW for the top model.
Inside the IONIQ, things look clean and comfortable. The seats are heated and adjustable, with the front seat and Universal Island capable of sliding back and forth. This neat trick allows the driver to exit from the passenger side, which could come in handy in tight parking situations. There is a 12-inch touch-screen main console that caters to your entertainment needs and another screen for the instrument cluster. The steering wheel can be warmed during winter months.
There is plenty of room for riders of any height. Some of the materials used for the interior are obtained from eco-friendly sources.
To ensure your safety on the road, Hyundai is offering a bevy of driver assist tech: Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2). Other driving assistance systems include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA), and lots more.
If you are in Europe, the IONIQ starts from £40,000. You can put in your pre-order for a summer delivery. You can also go for the IONIQ 5 Project 45 Limited Edition if you prefer, although it will cost you £5000 more than the standard edition.
Although it is coming to North America, prices and dates are not yet known.
Written by D.O. for www.ShargeMe.blog